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Bells Lightning + The Stuttgart Chess Club

The Bells Summer Lightning

First it was on. Then it was off.
On. Off. Definitely on. Then perhaps not.

I went to see the Hibs (2-1 win lost on aggregate).

Ten players turned up and Dave Archibald quickly
organised an all play before the bar opened.

Here is the cross table of the event.

The bar opened after a couple of rounds
and play deteriorated from then on.

Gallo (musician) playing Gerald (artist).

"Hey Gallo, do you know how to play the Queens Indian?"
"You hum it - I'll play it."

Keith ruxton won it. Surprise surprise.
Here is yet another picture of him propping up
a bar in an Edinburgh pub. The gentleman behind
him was the Controller, Dave Archibald.

Nobody kept a score sheet but Keith remembered
all his games. Here are a couple of them.

K.Ruxton - D.Archibald
This game followed well known theory till move 14.
Both players agreed Black should have played 14...c5
as in Timman-Spassky, Bugojno 1982. a draw on move 20.
After 14...dxe4 the attack on f7 dictates and wins the game.

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K.Ruxton - D.Archibald

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 d5 4.d4 Be7 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4 0-0 7.e3 b6 8.Be2 Bb7 9.Bxf6 Bxf6 10.cxd5 exd5 11.0-0 Nd7 12.Qb3 c6 13.Rfe1 Re8 14.e4 dxe4 15.Bc4 Re7 16.Nxe4 c5 17.Nd6 Bxf3 18.Qxf3 Rxe1+ 19.Rxe1 Qf8 20.Nxf7 Kh7 21.Qf5+

M.Chisholm - K.Ruxton
Mike was winning this and if he had played 40 Rg5+
holding onto the precious h-pawn then I'm sure he
would have converted his position into a win.

White still had the edge, but then decided to sac the exchange.
O.T.B it looked attractive but cold analysis is proving
it is just a very difficult game, perhaps drawn but no more.

Move 54 and it was Keith's turn to make an uncharacteristic blunder.
54...Kd3 draws. 53...Re6/Rf6 wins in all variations.
In the end it is drawn because White has the wrong
Bishop for the Rook's pawn. (a8 is a black square).

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M.Chisholm - K.Ruxton

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.h4 h6 7.Nf3 Nd7 8.h5 Bh7 9.Bd3 Bxd3 10.Qxd3 e6 11.Bf4 Bb4+ 12.c3 Be7 13.0-0-0 Ngf6 14.Kb1 a5 15.Ne4 Nxe4 16.Qxe4 a4 17.g4 a3 18.b3 Nf6 19.Qe2 Nd5 20.Bd2 b5 21.Ne5 Qc7 22.Qf3 Bf6 23.Nd3 Be7 24.Ne5 Bf6 25.Rhe1 Bxe5 26.Rxe5 Qd6 27.Rde1 0-0-0 28.Qxf7 Rhf8 29.Qxe6+ Qxe6 30.Rxe6 Rxf2 31.R6e2 Rdf8 32.Kc2 Kd7 33.b4 Rxe2 34.Rxe2 Rf3 35.Rg2 Nb6 36.g5 Ke6 37.gxh6 gxh6 38.Bxh6 Rh3 39.Rg6+ Kd5 40.Bf4 Rxh5 41.Rd6+ Ke4 42.Rxc6 Nc4 43.Rxc4 bxc4 44.Bc1 Rh2+ 45.Kb1 Kd3 46.d5 Rh1 47.d6 Kxc3 48.b5 Rd1 49.d7 Rxd7 50.Bxa3 Rd1+ 51.Bc1 Kb4 52.b6 Rd6 53.Be3 Kc3 54.Kc1 Kd3 55.b7 Rd8 56.Bf4 Kc3 57.b8Q Rxb8 58.Bxb8

After the event The Bells Boys got down to more serious matters.
Drinking and gambling. I lost 40p to Mike Chisholm at backgammon.
It was winner stays on so Mike stayed on and lost 25.00 to Eddie Perry.

Stupid game Backgammon.
You sac your bits and they appear on the board again.

Right two recent studies that I managed to
solve even though at the time I half sozzled.

The first from Neil Berry. White to play and win.

I'll give the answer at the bottom.

And the next from Keith. White to play and win.

An amusing incident in Bells the following night.
We were skittling away at 5 minute chess when in
piled about 15 or 16 German Tourists who happened
to play chess. (yes they knew of Elizabeth Paehtz).

They were a mixture of lads and good looking lassies, (frauleins).
I impressed the company with my fluent German and
established they were from Stuttgart over here on holiday.
The next day there were going to Inverness by coach to see the Monster.
(that bit about Inverness is relevant to the story).

One lad was a member of the Stuttgart chess club and had a
couple of games against Keith. Keith was lost in both games
but managed to win them with time trouble tactics.

The German lad was a good player but had a few too many.
Not used to the pints I guess. In Germany it's wee pint glasses.

I was up next. I was doing OK and I saw a chance for
a flashy sac sac perpetual and played it.
The lad tried to get out of the perpetual and I mated him.
This loss in a drawn position also has a bearing on the story.

So up stepped Nigel. This was cracker of a game but gradually
the German lad achieved a winning position. And in the following
position with all his comrades looking on he played....

1...Qf8+. Nigel played 2.Bxf8.
The Lad threw up his arms, howled, knocked over his King
and shook Nigel's hand. He then left taking all his chums
and the nice looking girls with him.

I said to Mickey Rattray still staring at the final position.

"He was a good player. Good players can recall moments in games.
Tomorrow on the coach to Inverness he will suddenly recall this
game and then jump up and scream."

"It was quite a blunder." said Mickey and then added,
"I knew he was going to play Qf8+."

"The blunder was resigning." I replied.
"After 2 Bxf8 White can play 2...Ng6+ 3.Kh2 Nxf8+ 4.Kh8 Ng6+
it's a forced perpetual. He resigned in a drawn position."


No.1 1.Nf4+ Rxf4 2.Bd7 and the Bishop dominates the Rook.
No matter how the Rook tries to prevent the a-pawn from
Queening white has a fork or a skewer with the Bishop.

No.2 1.f8Q Rxf8 2.gxh5+ Kf7 3.Rh8! Rxh8
(3...g6 4.Rxf8+ Kg7 5.h6+ Kxf8 6.Rf1+ Kg8 7.Ke7) 4.Rf1+ Kg8 5.h6

5.h6 is played to prevent black from playing h6 giving the King a bolt-hole.
The white King then comes to e7 and mates.

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